2020 Event Updates

March 23, 2020


Unfortunately, with extending timelines and growing emergency concerns regarding the novel Coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19, we have postponed the Mother Earth News Fair in Tennessee to May of 2021. We feel that given the circumstances and unknown impact to the event as a result of the current nationwide limits on large (and small) gatherings, this is the best decision.

Refunds for this year’s FAIR in Tennessee will be issued to all advance pass purchasers and pre-paying exhibitors by March 31.

We are still planning to host the FAIR at Polyface Farm in Virginia in July and at Seven Springs in Pennsylvania in September. In addition to those events, we are working on a new approach to the FAIR for Kansas. This event is currently scheduled for early November 2020. More details to come.

Practicing social distancing here at MOTHER EARTH NEWS has afforded the opportunity to work from our homes, farms, garages, and, for those still in the office, spread out with plenty of space. Like always, we are still working on projects, listening to you, identifying the best methods, tools, and resources to help us live life better with more self-reliance, and then sharing that solid information with you.

That is why there has never been a better time to announce the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR ONLINE! We are working on new events that will feature some of the very best FAIR workshops presented on video as well as pre-scheduled live interactive webinars and live streaming with our nationally-renowned experts. More announcements will come soon on this exciting project. The best way to stay up to date on these developments is to subscribe to our free email newsletter: MOTHER EARTH NEWS LIVE.

Thank you for your understanding.

Andrew Perkins


March 7, 2020


The MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR team is aware of the public health concerns regarding the outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus.

While the Center of Disease Control (CDC) has advised that the immediate risk of this new virus in the United States is believed to be low at this time, we are keeping an eye on official travel alerts as they are released. We do plan to host the 2020 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRs as currently scheduled in Tennessee, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. If the CDC does identify the United States (or parts of) a high risk travel area, we will re-evaluate at that time. In the event we are asked to cancel any of the Fairs, we will work with all pre-registered pass holders and exhibitors to honor their participation at another event, or provide a refund if those future events do not fit the needs of the individual or business. In the case we continue to have the FAIR as planned, we will also issue a refund for registered attendees who have travelled to a high-risk location as listed on the CDC website (see www.cdc.gov/travel for current health notices).

It remains our goal to create opportunities for individuals to be more self-sufficient, healthier and informed. Connecting the world to these skills is perhaps more important now than ever. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.


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